Monitoring Concussion Recovery

Posted by Tim Nash on Feb 14, 2019 9:33:24 AM

There’s this girl who was on one of my teams, good little player, great kid, always happy and ready to play. She’s a bit of a crash-test dummy, though. She goes hard and doesn’t back down and not just on the soccer field. She’s had knee surgery, a broken leg, broken arm, and I’m sure other injuries I don’t know about.

She doesn’t play anymore because she has had multiple concussions. She’s 13. One of the concussions, believe it or not, was suffered while doing homework. She leaned back in her chair, tipped over and hit her head.

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Topics: Youth Sports, wellness, Injury Prevention

Stop Guessing at Performance Issues

Posted by Tim Nash on Feb 8, 2018 11:29:41 AM

Data-driven athlete development

So, you have a player who is not performing as well as you’d like, and it’s frustrating. They are among your most talented players, but they just don’t get it done.

You have your own theories as to why, and over time you convince yourself you are right – he’s just lazy, he’s too slow, he’s not aggressive enough.

But what if you are wrong? What if there is a simple explanation that neither you nor the player have considered? What a waste that would be.

“People make choices based on what they know, and if they don’t have all the information, they can’t make the best choices,” says Darcy Norman, AS Roma’s director of performance and a DRIVN user. “Collecting data helps you make a more informed decision.

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Topics: Fitness, Athletic Performance, Data Science, Coaching, wellness, Recovery, Injury Prevention, Data Tracking

Let's Talk About ACLs - Part Two

Posted by Tim Nash on Jan 4, 2018 11:00:00 AM

If you missed the first post in this series, click here

I coach girls soccer. The girls I am currently coaching are between 13 and 15, so the following sentence from a study by the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) certainly caught my eye.

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Topics: Strength Training, Athletic Performance, Sports Performance, Injury Prevention, Data Tracking

Two Simple Things That Can Help Prevent ACL Injuries In Female Athletes

Posted by Tim Nash on Jan 3, 2018 8:04:00 AM

coach girls soccer. The girls I am currently coaching are between 13 and 15, so the following sentence from a study by the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) certainly caught my eye.

The study found that “Among teenage athletes, the rate of ACL tears is rising, with the sharpest increase seen in females aged 13-17 who, over the last 13 years, have experienced a 59 percent increase in the number of required reconstruction procedures.”

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Topics: Soccer, Injury Prevention

Let's Talk About ACLs

Posted by Tim Nash on Dec 28, 2017 11:00:00 AM

You’re standing over an injured player and she says, “I heard a pop.” You immediately think: ACL.

Let’s talk about ways to avoid that.

Knee injuries are certainly not new to sports, especially ACL injuries. But a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) says they are more frequent than ever.

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Topics: Strength Training, Athletic Performance, Coaching, Recovery, Injury Prevention

Tracking & Reporting: How To Manage Your Team's Injuries

Posted by Tim Nash on Nov 30, 2017 2:00:00 PM

The staff behind DRIVN is constantly making adjustments, tweaks and updates to help teams and organizations operate more efficiently.

Lately, time has been spent on creating and improving the way teams manage injuries.

“We can have a club-wide standard injury report on every coaches’ phone,” says Mike Gosselin, DRIVN’s Director of Business Development. “They can fill it out for every athlete. That’s become very popular.”

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Topics: Sports Performance, Elite Sports Teams, Athlete Development, Recovery, Injury Prevention, Data Tracking